UPDATED (1:15 PM): Reader noted I misspelled Rallies in the post title. Correction made.
Having been accused of being a ‘Republican Party operative’ in other threads on other blogs and websites, I was a little nervous about heading to a rally for a Democratic candidate for Congress like Alexandria Mayor Euille.
The event was held at 5:30 PM at King Street Gardens Park in the upper King Street area of Old Town Alexandria. I was a little shocked at the timing of the event and the location. At 5:30 PM, how many of you are still working?
As for the location, I understand that Bill was trying to grab the attention of commuters walking home and/or walking to the Metro but, for people like me who drive occasionally, the parking for this event left something to be desired if Bill was looking to attract a crowd. IMHO, you have this event here or at Market Square say 7:00 PM and you get a bigger crowd.
Personally, I like Mayor Euille because he looks at the whole picture before deciding on things. I don’t agree with every decision (e.g. Red Light cameras, longer parking meter hours, etc) the Mayor or Council make but, Bill listens. I also think Bill has the best campaign website I have seen so far this 2014 primary season.
As for his campaign, he says the campaign is running strong (see this press release) but, being a good fundraiser doesn’t translate into votes. He has good name recognition in Alexandria but, what about the other areas of the 8th District? He made a good but, not inspiring speech to the assembled crowd yesterday (see the above photo). Frankly, I was shocked during the speech he touched only a little on the theme of his first campaign ad. Could that lack of inspiration been the result of having run unopposed for Mayor for so long? I did like the beginning of the speech where he talked about his family’s connection to the park, especially his Mother.
What are your thoughts on Bill Euille? Would you vote for him as our next Congressman?
To find out more about the Bill Euille campaign, click this link.
Here are some more photos I took of the event…